Richard Murphy’s Edinburg House With Hidden Bath, Disappearing Walls Awarded Best By RIBA

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has listed house of the year to a home in Edinburgh that is equipped with hidden bath and disappearing walls.

The five-level house boasts a folding corner wall, a roof terrace and sliding bookshelf that is such designed to open up at a secret library upon gliding.

Affectionately named Murphy House, the property is built on a sandstone terrace on Hart Street in New Town, which is Unesco-listed.

Richard Murphy Architects has designed the house that has been inspired by the work of 20th century Italian architect Carlo Scarpa.

Planning concept of the residential building was approved in 2007 and construction was completed last year in easter.

According to RIBA president Jane Duncan, the Murphy House is a good example of overcoming challenging constraints and the stunning house is built at an awkward site in an urban location.

He added the house has taken about a decade to build, but it is a true labor of love for the architect company with hidden and unexpected spaces apart from moving places and disappearing walls.

Duncan mentioned the Murphy House is a true model of perfection and also the worthy winner of this year’s RIBA house of the year.

Mr Murphy, owner of the architect company, said this is their 25th year in business and the award is a wonderful present for them.

The award was televised on Thursday during the final episode of Grand Designs on Channel 4.